Today I wanted to keep it simple, but as a lot of you have the week off with the kids, I wanted to remind you of a few things that will ensure you get great photos.
1. Don't forget to clean your lens, having sticky finger prints, fluff from the dog and dust all over it will not give you clear photos, so always carry a lens cloth.
2. For around £25 you can buy a UV filter to protect your lens from scratches and a circular polariser to use on your lens in the sunshine.
You DO NOT have the two filters on your lens at the same time - you use one or the other. When not using your polariser on our lovely sunny days, take it off and put your UV filter back on - why? because it costs less to replace than your lens if it gets scratched - and yes there are cheaper options on Ebay and Amazon etc. But if you go too cheap they will fall apart before you even put them on your lens properly.
3. Have extra memory cards. They don't cost a lot of money these days and it means you don't have to worry about having enough space on your card to capture all of the fab moments and so you can keep everything on your memory card until you can download it onto a laptop and see the images properly - never delete images when you are out and about - you can mistakenly delete them all or delete ones that you maybe should have kept - so no deleting until you get home and carry plenty of memory with you.
4. Batteries - make sure they are fully charged and kept out of the sun. Also remember to have spares - whether they are rechargeable batteries or not, always have spares with you, being in the middle of somewhere beautiful and running out of battery power is never a good thing.
These are the things that you need to remember this week before you go out and about with your camera.